Investing in Microfinance

Several international and regional funds have been established that invest moneys in microfinance activities and institutions. These funds are managed by non-profit organizations, commercial banks, and investment firms. A listing of such funds is provided below. If any fund is missing, please inform Hari Srinivas -
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Contact Address
Alterfin Alterfin
Vlasfabriekstraat 11
1060 Brussels
tel: +32.2.538.58.62
fax: +32.2.538.37.90
Alterfin is a financial cooperative established by banks, NGO's and individuals in Belgium. It finances Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) and producers related to fair trade organizations.
ACCION Bridge Fund ACCION Bridge Fund
120 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143, USA
Tel: 1-617-492-4930
Funds are used for ACCION affiliates in Latin America and the USA.
Banca Etica Piazzetta Forzat・ 2/3
35137 - PADOVA
Tel 049/651158;
Fax 049/664922

An ethical investments bank, based in Italy.
BIL Micro Credit Fund   Background Information
Calvert Foundation Calvert Social Investment Foundation
4550 Montgomery Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
tel 800 248 0337
fax 301 654 7820
Calvert Social Investment Foundation has Investment, Research and Donation products that support community development organizations, across the country and around the world. Visit website for more information
CreditoSud   CREDITOSUD S.p.A.,
societ・per azioni con C.S. i.v. di Euro 760.000.=
sede legale in Via Apollonio 5,
25100 Brescia (Italia)

Project Area Manager: Pier Carlo Barioli
Tel/Fax ++39 02 33.611.001

Grameen Investments Grameen Investments
c/o Calvert Foundation Investment Center
P.O. Box 30084
Bethesda, MD 20824-9948, USA
Tel: 1-800-248-0337

Calvert Community Investments provides capital to a diverse portfolio of innovative programs (microcredit, housing and community development) which provide resources that help people grow stronger and meet their own needs.
FinMark Trust The FinMark Trust
P O Box 61674, Marshalltown, 2107
7th Floor, 17 Harrison Street, Johannesburg, 2001
Tel: +27 (0) 11 370 3565
Fax: +27 (0) 11 836 5509

Our mission is summarized in our slogan: 溺aking Financial Markets Work for the Poor・ In pursuit of this objective, FinMark Trust aims to promote and support policy and institutional development towards the objective of increasing access to financial services by the un- and under-banked of southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia.)
MicroCredit Enterprises MicroCredit Enterprises
915 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, California 95814, United States

MicroCredit Enterprises offers affordable debt capital to credit-worthy microfinance institutions in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and The Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia.
Microfinance Alliance Fund The Microfinance Alliance Fund,
Catholic Relief Services,
2nd Floor CBCP Building, 470 Gen. Luna St.,
Intramuros, Manila 1002
Tel. (632) 527-8331 to 35,
Fax (632) 527-4140

The purpose of the CRS/CORDAID Microfinance Alliance is to promote social and economic justice by increasing access and participation in the formal financial system by low-income households. The Fund will provide loans, guarantees and other financial products to eligible institutions to expand outreach and profitability. Loans and/or grants will also be provided to selected institutions to strengthen their capacity to deliver microfinance products and services. Last, a limited amount of resources will be provided for associated activities such as research.
MicroVest MicroVest Capital Management, LLC
Office Services Manager
7514 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 400
Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
MicroVest I, LP is a $25 million private equity fund providing debt and equity capital to microfinance institutions in emerging markets. As the first private microfinance investment firm in the United States, MicroVest痴 goal is to link capital markets to the entrepreneurial poor by expanding the capacity of profitable MFIs throughout the world. MicroVest was founded by CARE, MEDA, and the Seed Capital Development Fund葉hree non-profit organizations with longstanding credibility and investments in the microfinance industry.
Oikocredit Oikocredit
P.O. Box 2136
3800 CC Amersfoort
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 33 422 40 40
Fax: +31 33 465 03 36
Oikocredit, as a worldwide cooperative society, promotes global justice by challenging people, churches and others to share their resources through socially responsible investments and by empowering disadvantaged people with credit.
People's Fund More information from the Website:

THE PEOPLE'S FUND was created by Grameen Trust (GT) in 1995 to support the Grameen Bank Replication Program all around the world as part of its objective to reach the poorest of the poor with microcredit.
ProFund . ProFund is an investment fund created in 1995 to support the growth of regulated, efficient financial intermediaries which serve the Small and Micro enterprise market in Latin America and the Caribbean.
RAFAD - Bank Guarantees for Development RAFAD Foundation
Rue de Varemb・
1 - C.P. 117
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Phone +41- 22- 733.5073
Fax +41- 22- 734.7083
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Rather than donations, Southern producers need access to local banking facilities, in local currencies, in order to finance their activities and hence attain economic autonomy.
Sarona Fund U.S. Address:
1821 Oregon Pike, Suite 20
Lancaster, PA 17601
Canadian Address:
155 Frobisher Drive, Suite I-106
Waterloo, ON N2V 2E1
Toll-free: 1-877-772-7662 (1-877-7-SARONA)
The Sarona Global Investment Fund is a social investment fund with an aggressive focus on ventures that strengthen the economic prospects of the poor in low income countries.
Shared Interest Shared Internet Society Limited
No 2 Cathedral Square, The Groat Market
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EH
United Kingdom
Tel: 44-191-233 9100
Fax: 44-191-261-8759

An ethical investment in fair trade with people in the Third World
Triodos Bank Triodos Bank
Branches in Netherlands, Belgium and UK
Unitus - Global Microfinance Accelerator PO Box 626, Redmond, WA 98073, USA
Phone: 1-425-881-2264 or 1-888-2UNITUS
Fax: 1-425-881-2085
To address the challenges facing existing microfinance institutions (MFIs), Unitus provides the necessary high-impact capital funding and strategic organizational capacity building consulting to the highest potential MFIs in developing countries.
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